10 Badass Women Who Have Graced The MMVAs Red Carpet

The MMVAs have always been a night all about celebrating the artistry of music and music videos, but they’ve also given us the opportunity to celebrate some of the most powerful, influential and downright badass women in the entertainment industry. Take a look back at some of our favourite women warriors that have appeared at the MMVAs.

Rihanna — 2006

More than a decade ago at the 2006 MMVAs, RiRi’s quest for world domination was just starting. Back then, she graced the stage to perform “S.O.S.” from her second album A Girl Like Me. But she’s since added designer and actor to her repertoire and has been taking the fashion scene by storm with her PUMA x Fenty lines.

Lady Gaga — 2011

The singer/songwriter/actor/activist stopped by the MMVAs back in 2011 to serve us some Mother Monster realness. In between her albums, Grammy and Emmy nominations and record-breaking Super Bowl halftime performance, Gaga also found time to fill in for Beyoncé as a Coachella performer, taking the spot female headliner in a decade.

Amber Rose — 2016

No one rocks a bald head like Amber Rose.  The fashion designer, model and mother has gone on to become an advocate for female empowerment, leading the L.A. SlutWalk in 2015. While she slayed on the MMVAs red carpet last year in a black jumpsuit, one of her most memorable outfits was the bodysuit she wore on the VMAs red carpet that was brandished with slurs used against women. Yas, Muva.

Kesha — 2010

In addition to singing your favourite club anthems, Kesha has always been a woman we’ve looked up to, most especially in recent times.  Amidst her lawsuit with producer Dr. Luke, she’s since become a beacon of hope for all survivors of sexual assault. She’s also used her platform to speak out against the bullying of LGBT youth and was even awarded by the Human Rights Campaign for her work.

Tegan and Sara –2016

Indie darlings and twin sisters Tegan and Sara are multi-instrumentalists, songwriters , JUNO nominees and LGBTQ activists.  In support of their latest album, Love You To Death, the Quinn sisters, both openly gay women, launched the Tegan and Sara Foundation to “fight for economic justice, health and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.”

Lilly Singh — 2016

Lilly Singh, better known around the Internets as IISuperwomanII, boasts a cool 11 million YouTube subscribers. In addition to being a vlogger, comedian and all-around badass (Prime Minister Trudeau and former FLOTUS Michelle Obama would agree), Singh’s also recently added best-selling author to her resume, thanks to her book How To Be A Bawse.

Sarah Blackwood of Walk Off The Earth — 2015

Whether its Walk Off The Earth’s radio hits or ingenious YouTube covers, you can count on Sarah Blackwood to bring the pussy power to any track. WOTE took the MMVAs stage back in 2015, lead by a very pregnant Blackwood. Not only was she growing a tiny human in her body, but she was also stomping around the stage being a rockstar.

Bethany Mota — 2016

In 2016, YouTube sensation Bethany Mota graced the iHeartRadio MMVAs red carpet. As one of the OG beauty/DIY/lifestyle creators, you know she brought the glamour and the girl power.

Fifth Harmony — 2016

After a long drought of no girl groups on the Billboard Hot 100, Fifth Harmony exploded onto the scene with bangers like “Work From Home.” Proclaiming messages of girl power and inclusivity, the fivesome-turned-foursome have embraced intersectional feminism in the millennial age.

Leah Fay of July Talk — 2016

Leah Fay of indie band July Talk has always been politically charged. Whether it’s her statement making ensembles or the practice of declaring all their shows as safe spaces, Fay has always promoted peace and love, even in response a disgusting heckler she encountered at one of her shows.